Botox and natural antibiotics? Does it interfere?

I had a botox injection yesterday and today I have taken some natural antibiotics like garlic, coconut oil and boswellia. Does it interfere with the botox? I have read that botox doesn't work in combination with antibiotics

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Botox and Antibiotics

Thank you for your question. The natural antibiotics you are talking about will not have any effect on your Botox result. However, I recommend avoid taking fish oil supplements for a minimum of one week before your Botox injections. This is to help reduce the risk of bruising. Best of Luck!

Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Botox And Natural Antibiotics? Does It Interfere?

Thank you for your question.  The supplements that you mentioned will have no effect on your Botox result.  I recommend that my patients avoid fish oil supplements for at least one week prior to a planned injectable procedure in order to minimize the risk for bruising.  Hope this helps and best wishes! 

Christian N. Ford, MD
Cohasset Physician
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Botox and Results / What Age To Start? / When Wear Off? AND Antibiotics

botox has no interactions with antibiotics so i would not worry about your outcome being changed.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox interaction with oral supplements

There is no known interaction of Botox with supplements, In fact, there is some research that states that zinc improves the longevity of Botox but I'm not a believer of this.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Antibiotics interfering with BOTOX

Thank you for your question.  There is no evidence that natural antibiotics, or antibiotics in general, interfere with the effects of BOTOX.  

Paul Nazemi, MD
Newport Beach Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Botox and antibiotics

I suppose anything can be an antibiotic if you actually hit the bacteria with it but garlic, coconut oil or boswellia are not used for treatment of any real bacterial infection and they do not interfere with efficacy of Botox regardless of what you may have heard. 

Edwin Ishoo, MD
Cambridge Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox and natural immune boosters/antibiotics: any concerns for longevity and effect?

Thank you for asking your question.  I have not heard of any detrimental issues with herbal supplements and botox (wrinkle blocker) effect.  However, many supplements are potent blood thinners to include the garlic you listed.  They are too numerous to mention here, but others include:  gingko, ginseng, glucosamine, omega oils, flax, chia, Limu, and many more.  This can lead to unwanted, excessive bruising that can cause the wrinkle blocker injections to over spread to areas you don't want, which can lead to drooping or others unwanted effects.  I advise my patients to avoid anything that thins their blood that isn't prescribed by their physician for a week or so before injections whenever possible to minimize these risks.  Once the injections are performed then you can resume all your usual supplements.  

There is a warning if you are taking a prescribed aminoglycoside antibiotic or other agents interfering with neuromuscular transmission (e.g., curare-like agents), or muscle relaxants, which should be observed closely because the effect of botulinum toxin (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport etc.) may be potentiated (increased). 

On the alternative side, Zytaze is an oral "supplement" of zinc and phytase, and has in some studies shown an enhancing effect upon Botulinum injections in terms of potency and longevity of result for both functional (medical) and cosmetic uses.  Zinc is important for the botulinum uptake and effect, and the phytase helps with the GI absorption.  The zymase is started orally before you go in for your injections.  Best regards.

John R. Burroughs, MD
Colorado Springs Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Herbals and botox

You shouldn't have any problems with the Botox working- it should work just fine. You may have some increased bruising as Garlic and some other herbal medications can thin the blood just a bit. No long term worries though!

Have a great day!

Philip K. Robb Jr., MD
Evans Otolaryngologist
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Botox with herbal supplements

Thank you for your question.

I have never heard of any interactions between Botox and the use of prescription antibiotics. The things you listed are herbal supplements. 

Francis Johns, MD
Greensburg Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

Botox and Supplements

Hi ~ Great Question. The supplements that you are taking garlic, coconut oil, and boswellia should not change the way your Botox treatment will work. It should have the same efficacy of 3-4 months.

Michael Hromadka, MD
Kalispell Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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